Kia Forte Complaints

Kia Forte Complaints
  • 293 Complaints
  • 40 Crashes
  • 13 Fires
  • 28 Injuries
  • 3 Fatalities
  • Consumers have filed a total of 293 complaints for Forte models.

Recent Complaints

Parts: SEAT BELTS
  • Date of Incident: Jul-29, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 16:51 Jul-30, 2020

Drivers seat belt is just getting shredded / coming apart. This is not just cosmetic fraying - the fabric is coming apart on both sides of the strap.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: May-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jul-27, 2020

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS, THERE WAS AN ABNORMAL SOUND COMING FROM THE ENGINE. THE CONTACT TOOK THE VEHICLE TO KIA OF ST. CLOUD (901 2ND ST S, WAITE PARK, MN 56387) AND WAS INFORMED THAT THE ENGINE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS ALSO NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND CONFIRMED THE DEALER?S ASSESSMENT. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 80,000.

Parts: STRUCTUREAIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: Jul-23, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 12:24 Jul-26, 2020

I was driving on a gravel road a little to fast and my car started to slide from side to side i tried to gain control but couldn't and ended up hitting a metal bridge. The air bags did not deploy as they should have. My whole front right in is damaged and the speed i was going the air bags should have went off!.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Jul-15, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 12:41 Jul-17, 2020

At 64,000 miles engine starting making knocking sound. Called dealer.... In route to dealer the engine blew up. Towed to dealer... Kia will not honor warranty.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Jul-12, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 12:05 Jul-17, 2020

My low beam headlights have been an issue for some time now i have only had the car 3 years and at first the headlights went completely out after replacing the bulbs i no longer have enough power source going to the headlights to use my low beams anymore. I took it to kia and they told me just the light bulb needed to be replaced on the driver side and my whole passenger side lighting system needed to be replaced. This sounds so wrong because both the lights work but they are so dim they are not useable. The driver side went out first the car was stationary then a month later the passenger.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTINGELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Mar-16, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 01:58 Jul-17, 2020

While driving down the road the headlights flicker and go out completely. I have to flip the turn signal switch or tap the column to get them to turn back on. It happens several times on my 32 mile trip home from work at night. It happens in motion or stationary. Mainly when i use a turn signal or hit a bump in the road.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: May-26, 2007
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jul-13, 2020

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER DAUGHTER WAS DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE STALLED WITH DARK GREY SMOKE COMING FROM THE EXHAUST TIPS. THERE WAS NO WARNING LIGHTS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO CARMAX LOCATED AT 1975 BEAVER RUIN RD, NORCROSS, GA 30071, WHO DETERMINED THAT THE VEHICLE OPERATED AS DESIGNED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 27,000.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Jul-10, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 11:08 Jul-12, 2020

I haven? T even owned this car for 7 months yet and i have changed the lights 20 times! As soon as i change one the next one blows and the previous one will blow the following the week. I? M tired of making payments on a vehicle that keeps acting crazy with the lights.

Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHEREXTERIOR LIGHTINGELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Jun-14, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 17:51 Jun-14, 2020

My car was parked outside like it always is. Went for a walk and when i came back, my car had been on fire. After fire department did their investigation, it was deemed electrical. The light in my visor or the wiring to it had gone wrong. My whole front of the seats is totaled.

Parts: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEMENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Jun-04, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 18:13 Jun-08, 2020

When coming to a stop, or slowing down, the oil pressure light will come on and the car will die suddenly. At first it would crank right back up, but now it is getting more and more difficult to get started again. Vehicle also takes awhile to get going, even pushing all the way down on the gas, after getting it restarted.

Parts: STRUCTUREENGINEAIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: Jun-07, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 13:42 Jun-08, 2020

THE 2017 Kia Forte MY CLIENT WAS DRIVING WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WHICH RESULTED IN MODERATE TO HEAVY FRONT END DAMAGE, APPROXIMATE SPEED OF IMPACT WAS 20-25MPH, THE AIRBAGS DID NOT DEPLOY.

Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Jul-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 12:53 Jun-06, 2020

1: the car randomly sends a collision warning message when theres nothing in front of it, several times on the interstate and several times on surface streets when nothing was in front of it. One time it automatically slammed on brakes slowing the car to a crawl when nothing was in front of it. On a surface street. The dealership blamed the issue on a microscopic chip missing in the windshield at the extreme 7 o'clock position of the camera. We were told they wouldn't do anything about the issue until the windshield was replaced at owner's expense, which would cost over $800. 00 just for the windshield. 2: the car also randomly switches driving modes on its own. Took the car back to the dealership about this issue. Was told by the service rep that the car automatically changed on its own according to input from the gas pedal from the driver. The lead tech informed us that we were somehow activating the switch by touching it somehow while its being driven cause theres no way it switched on its own. The car is an inherent safety hazard as these issues randomly pop up with no notice.

Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Jun-03, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 22:51 Jun-04, 2020

I PURCHASED A 2019 Kia Forte IN DECEMBER OF 2018. STARTING AROUND 7,200 MILES, I NOTICED THE ENGINE RPMS WOULD FLUCTUATE ESPECIALLY UNDER LIGHT ACCELERATION. FLUCTUATIONS WERE BETWEEN 200-500 RPMS. THE VEHICLE WENT IN FOR SERVICE WITH ABOUT 7,450 MILES AND I WAS TOLD THE TRANSMISSION NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE REPLACEMENT WAS COMPLETED QUICKLY BY THE DEALER. T SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A HIGH FAILURE RATE EARLY ON WITH THESE KIA IVT TRANSMISSIONS. THESE SHOULD BE RECALLED. I IMAGINE IN ANOTHER YEAR AND A HALF I WILL BE BACK INTO THE DEALER FOR ANOTHER REPLACEMENT TRANSMISSION. VERY DISAPPOINTING AS THIS IS NOT A VEHICLE YOU CAN RELY ON FOR LONG TRIPS.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Oct-15, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jun-04, 2020

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT?S DAUGHTER STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING 30 MPH, THERE WAS AN ABNORMAL SOUND COMING FROM THE ENGINE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT NO WARNING LIGHT WAS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO NAPLETON'S MID RIVERS KIA LOCATED AT 4955 VETERANS MEMORIAL PKWY, ST PETERS, MO 63376, TO BE DIAGNOSED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE ENGINE NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED OR REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE ENGINE WAS PREVIOUSLY REPLACED PRIOR TO THE FAILURE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS INFORMED OF THE FAILURE AND A CASE WAS FILED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 120,000.

Parts: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Jun-03, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 20:53 Jun-03, 2020

Car driven 300 miles on one tank of gas, time to get gas, gas won? T go in and when i try to put gas in my car , it sprayed out all over me and the car. Very scary. I can? T get gas into my car. This just happened today. Never happened before and i filled up fine last week. Can? T drive my car because it? S empty and won? T fill up.

Parts: POWER TRAINENGINEELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Feb-25, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 23:50 Jun-02, 2020

The vehicle cuts off in the middle of driving. Car has been checked by a mechanic and was told that there is no oil pressure getting to the engine. Mechanic replaced the oil pressure valve and it is still shutting off while driving. It happens more often in lower speeds/stop and go traffic.

Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Mar-01, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jun-01, 2020

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHEN STARTING THE VEHICLE, THE VEHICLE'S IGNITION WOULD SOMETIMES SHOCK THEM AND SMELL AS IF THERE WAS A BURNING/SMOKING ODOR EMITTING FROM THE STARTER. THE CONTACT THEN STATED THAT THE VEHICLE NOW FAILS TO START INTERMITTENTLY. THE CONTACT CONTACTED THE DEALER (CAR CONNECTION INC ADDRESS: 4425 DIXIE HWY, FAIRFIELD, OH 45014 PHONE: (513) 829-8022) WHO STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS FUNCTIONING NORMALLY AND DID NOT IDENTIFY A FAILURE. THE CONTACT STATED THE FAILURES PERSIST. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 10,508.

Parts: SEAT BELTS
  • Date of Incident: Jan-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 13:37 May-28, 2020

My seatbelt would stick, i would have a hard time getting it to go in and pull out. Eventually it just stopped all together. So now my driver seat is unable to wear a seatbelt because it will not go in at all. It happens while both in motion or while sitting. It started messing up about 70,000 miles, now i'm on 76,458 and unable to use my seatbelts which is a hazard and against the law.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: May-26, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 17:50 May-26, 2020

Low beam headlights burn out every 2-3 months, one after the other. Sometimes one will go out and be out for a couple days and then come back on, but usually they go out and stay out until the bulb is replaced.

Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: May-12, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-22, 2020

I have trouble with my car starting every time get ready to start it i would have to get someone to jump start my car off every time ike yesterday when i got ready to go to work it didn? T start it make a clicking noise ike it? S the battery but i really can? T tell what is causing this problem i have taken my care to kia dealership they found nothing wrong and here i am again a week later with the same issue as before and no solution and i? M getting really frustrated with problem i jus want fixed. *tr

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